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Ukraine: Nationalist torches take the streets of Kiev01:10

Ukraine: Nationalist torches take the streets of Kiev

Ukraine, Kiev
January 1, 2014 at 18:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Nationalist torches take the streets of Kiev

The flames of 10,000 torches lit up the city of Kiev on January 1 to commemorate Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera's 105th birthday anniversary. Demonstrators marched along the major streets of the capital after departing from Mikhailovskaya Street.

The leaders of right-wing All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" Oleg Tyagnibok and Andrey Mokhnik took part in the march. Vitaly Klitchko's opposition party UDAR kept its distance, arguing that the march is not supported by All-Ukrainian Maidan movement and it is only Svoboda's initiative. Protesters shouted slogans such as 'Bandera is our hero! Bandera, come and establish order!'.

In 2013, the torch-lit march devoted to Bandera's anniversary gathered a notably smaller number of activists with only 3,000 coming to join the rows of marchers.

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Ukraine: Nationalist torches take the streets of Kiev

The flames of 10,000 torches lit up the city of Kiev on January 1 to commemorate Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera's 105th birthday anniversary. Demonstrators marched along the major streets of the capital after departing from Mikhailovskaya Street.

The leaders of right-wing All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" Oleg Tyagnibok and Andrey Mokhnik took part in the march. Vitaly Klitchko's opposition party UDAR kept its distance, arguing that the march is not supported by All-Ukrainian Maidan movement and it is only Svoboda's initiative. Protesters shouted slogans such as 'Bandera is our hero! Bandera, come and establish order!'.

In 2013, the torch-lit march devoted to Bandera's anniversary gathered a notably smaller number of activists with only 3,000 coming to join the rows of marchers.